Having previously taught at a 4-year University I have found a home and a family at John F. Kennedy University. JFKU offers opportunities to an array of students, from those coming directly from a community college to lifelong learners returning to school. My teaching philosophy is to provide excellence and equity in education amongst a diverse population. My capstone topic is “social, cultural, and institutional factors that may enhance academic identity or lead to students’ disengagement in underrepresented minorities”. I advocate for students and help them find opportunities they may not have been aware existed including tutoring services, career mentoring, and graduate school possibilities. I most enjoy working with students in their college career and inspiring them to go further than they thought possible.


  • Goodkind, M.S., Eickhoff, S.B., Oathes, D.J., Jiang, Y., Chang, A., Jones-Hagata, L.B., Ortega, B.N., Zaiko, Y.V., Roach, E.L., & Etkin, A. (2014). Identification of a common neurobiological substrate for mental illness. JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Jones, L. B. "My Team Drinks: An Analysis of Alcohol Consumption Norms Among Adolescent Athletes" (2013). Master's Theses. http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4282


Social Psychology

Theories of Personality

Abnormal Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Senior Capstone

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Developmental Psychology

Adolescent Psychology

Social Psychology

Multicultural Psychology

APA Writing

Research Methods

Credentials & Accolades

M.A. Experimental Psychology, San Jose State University
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Society for Teaching Psychology (APA Division 2)
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45)
Western Psychological Association